Long Island City’s newest resident brings a lay-back attitude to the art driving neighborhood. The new brightly Pink sculpture by New York-based sculptor Ohad Meromi appropriately titled Sunbather sits at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. The 4,000 pounds bronze sculpture is part of the city’s Percent for Art initiative program.
“Since 1982, New York City’s Percent for Art law has required that one percent of the budget for eligible City-funded construction projects be spent on public artwork.”
The bubblegum colored sculpture’ $ 515,000 price tag and biomorphic aesthetic stirred up controversial debates among some of the local residents. “Gumby’s grandmother” and “pink poop” were two of the nicknames given by the opposing group. As a result, a new bill sponsored by Tom Finkelpearl (city’s cultural affairs commissioner) and Van Bramer (Majority Leader of the New York City Council) requiring a minimum of one public meeting was signed by Mayor de Blasio this past summer.
“We want to build support for public art…The city is a better place when we all have public art.” Van Bramer_ Majority Leader of the New York City Council
I couldn’t pass this opportunity to rock my new KENZO x H&M tigress cap. Like the sculpture, this cap is not for the modest types 💋
Public artworks are created to build and bring togetherness within a community. In order to start a conversation and be seen, the works need to have a bit of abnormality and je ne sais quoi. How else can they notice?
Yay or Nay: What‘s your take on Sunbather?
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Photography: Tatiana Katkova
Backstage Videography: Iya sugar Brown